Willis signing official

Dontrelle Willis has signed a 1-year deal with the Phillies. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Phillies have made the signing of Dontrelle Willis to a 1-year deal official, after Willis passed his physical today.

He will speak to reporters later this afternoon.

Willis, 29, made 13 starts for the Cincinnati Reds last season, going 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA. In 11 of his 13 starts, he posted a 3.88 ERA and in 10 of the 13 he allowed three earned runs or less. Willis held left-handed hitters to a .127 (7-55) batting average with only two extra-base hits.

He will be a lefthanded specialist out of the bullpen for the Phillies.

"Dontrelle, I believe, is at a point in his career where he is ready to make the transition to being an effective reliever," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. "Because of his experience, past success and overall positive energy, we feel this will be an opportunity to benefit both him and the team, especially with the success he has had against left-handed hitters, both recently and over the course of his career."

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